Skip to comments.Guess Who’s the Third Most Popular Movie Star in America Today?
Posted on 03/18/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
No, its not any of those celebrities were told are stars. DiCaprio and George Clooney didnt even make the top 10. Neither did Ashton Kutcher, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Seth Rogen, Matt Damon, Will Farrell, or Tom Cruise.
Every year for about 15 years now, Harris Interactive has conducted a nationwide poll and asked a very simple question: Who is your favorite movie star? And every year since the taking of the poll one particular individual has placed in the top ten 13 of those years in the top 3.
This year, 2,388 U.S. adults were surveyed and this star rose three places to tie Will Smith for third. Only Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood rank as more popular.
One last hint before the reveal: This star is the only actor in the history of the poll to rank posthumously:
Heres the 2009 rundown:
In 2007, Time Magazines Richard Corliss (a film writer I respect) got it kinda wrong when Wayne ranked #3 back in 2007:
Nothing radical there, except that Pitt, Jolie and, oh, Tom Cruise were among the missing.
Forget the youthquake. What America really loves is old. Whatever Wayne represents - the Old Testament God, a Mount Rushmore face with a permanent scowl, the craggy soul of Frontier or Sunbelt America[.]
Will Hollywood take any lessons from this poll - say, to make movies with, and for, older people. Nah. The moguls have read the small print in the Harris poll, and noted that it was weighted for many variables, but not to mirror the average age of moviegoers.
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Soon he will be back to number one where he belongs.
As I remember, john wayne was number one consistently until about 1995(approx) when he was bumped to number 2 by mel gibson.
I kinda assumed it would be mel in second place today, and the duke in third, and someone else number one...like maybe one of those effeminate queers that are so popular nowdays...ben stiller, owen wilson, etc.
I was pleasantly surprised.
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Gene Kelly was the best. What a body! Yowza.
John Wayne: American.
I’m down with Denzel, The Duke and Morgan Freeman.
I’ll go with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman for greatest living
Who’s on first.
Well, that takes all the fun out of the thread.
Cool pic, though.
Gene kelly? Gosh, burt lancaster has him beat, I think.
Thank you jdfrimny.
John Wayne was an actor who truly loved America. Besides he was a damn good actor. And while Ronald Reagan wasnt a particularly great actor, he too loved America and showed that love as president.
I will never understand the popularity with Julie Roberts. Granted she has been miscast many times, but even then I didn’t care for her performances.
I love Clint too!
America, Pilgrim. Love it or leave it.
Glad Denzel is on top, I don’t know his politics, but I’ve heard interviews where he says he will only do movies with ‘positive values’, even if he is a villain, he has to either have consequences to his actions or turn to the good. Not to mention he is a brilliant actor.
Wow! That was great! Terrific video presentation. Thanks so much for that.
I just watched The Horse Soldiers the other night. It was a bit corny at times, but still one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen for a while.
Too many of the new ones are Bawney Fwanks.
Jolie was there..number 9.
What, no Ron Jeremy?
As always, the most observant poster. :->
Don’t forget the courtesy ping to a fellow freeper..
haha, come on..the real hedgehog is NOT a member of FREE REPUBLIC!
Seeing the painting of both men was very memorable.
'She Wore A Yellow Ribbon' is a favorite at our house.
Okay, flame away but here goes: he’ll never be on any top 10 popular lists, but I think Kevin Spacey is one of the best actors around, and that goes back to his TV appearances in the show Wiseguy, starring Ken Wahl.
Was John Wayne faithful? I only ask because many on the list have been known to be unfaithful. Clint, Denzel, Morgan all will hit most anything female that’s moving. Johhny I think is faithful. We all know Angelina is a ho who collects penises (or has) like she collects kids. Not sure about Horse face roberts.
I have absolutely no idea, just thinking of roles.. although I’ve never heard of Denzel being a player, he is a family man..
Jack Elam, now that was a player... Marilyn, Sophia, Grace.. he scared them all.
From what I have heard my friend, Denzel can’t keep it in his pants.
I’m with you that. I really liekd that guy. “Once Upon a Time in the West” to “Support You Local Gunfighter”. Guy started acting in 1944 and finished on Bonanza the Return in I think 1995.
I always bring him up because he is somehow related (grandmother’s stepbrother or something like that..) Most folks go ‘who?’
Jack Elam was one of the best.
Jolie was there..number 9.
Not in 2007. (The line about her being "among the missing" is from an article based on the 2007 poll.)
Always liked Stewart, great actor, and he was a WWII bomber pilot, and made General in the AF. Not bad at all.
Elam one of the best western villains ever!
Here’s when I stopped seeing Julia Roberts films, the day she said “you will find the word republican in the dictionary, right between the words reptile and repugnant.” Can’t stand the sight of her now.
Clint Eastwood. 78 and still has it! Get off my lawn, grrrrr.
Clint! Be still my heart. Dang.
I have a special place in my heart for Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Especially Walter though. I have to see “Grumpy Old Men” and “Grumpier...” every year. I love the insults they hurl at eachother in those movies. Throwing dead fish in one another’s old cars, etc. Walter was so very expressive. The 2 of them were in the original “Odd Couple” right?
On St. Patricks Day, TMC showed “A Quiet Man”, and Irish movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O’hara. I have never seen it in its entirety before. Very fitting for St. Patricks Day.
John Wayne.....Great actor....and great movie!
And you can find the word democrat between demented and demons.